- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

DISTRICT

Two homicides during weekend

Metropolitan Police are investigating two Fourth of July weekend homicides.

Police said officers responded to a call that shots had been fired about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Morton Street Northwest. Police found a man who had been shot several times. Dewayne Coles, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday night, police found Malik Logan, 23, in the 800 block of 50th Place Northeast. He also had been shot several times and died at a hospital.

Police said they do not have suspects or a motive in either shooting.

MARYLAND

LUTHERVILLE

1 dead, 1 injured along rail tracks

Maryland transit officials said two teenage boys were found on light-rail tracks near the Lutherville station; one boy was dead and the other was seriously injured.

Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman Jo Greene said it’s unclear what happened to the boys. She said a fare inspector on a northbound train spotted two people inside the southbound tracks about 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

The train stopped and the operator ran back to where the boys were. One was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The other was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Miss Greene said the agency received no reports about a train striking anyone, and no trains showed any obvious signs that they had been involved in an accident. She said investigators are looking at the undercarriages of trains for possible clues.

ABERDEEN

Two men injured by fireworks

Deputy state fire marshals had a busy July Fourth as they responded to three incidents with illegal fireworks - all of them in Harford County.

Fire officials said an aerial firework landed on a vinyl awning that hung over the door to an apartment building in Aberdeen, setting the awning on fire. No one was injured, and no suspects have been identified.

In the Forest Hill area, a 43-year-old man was struck in the face by an illegal firework and was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment.

In Edgewood, 23-year-old Daniel Sherman was struck in the leg and face by a firework. He was also flown to Shock Trauma for treatment for burns.

Marshals confiscated more than 50 pounds of illegal fireworks during the night.

UPPER MARLBORO

Two bodies found in burning home

Prince George’s County fire officials said the bodies of two people were recovered from a burning home in Upper Marlboro on Saturday night.

Fire officials are awaiting autopsy results to determine how the victims died as well as the identity of one of the victims, who was burned beyond recognition. The other victim was an adult male.

Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said calls came in about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire throughout the home and were forced to try to douse the flames from outside. Firefighters tried get inside after hearing people were trapped but were forced to retreat.

It took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. One body was found on the first floor of the home, and the other was found in the basement.

VIRGINIA

SALEM

No survivors in plane crash

State Police in Salem said a small plane crashed in Rockbridge County about 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Roanoke Times reported that no one survived the crash, but authorities were not saying how many people were on the aircraft when it went down on a farm near Interstate 81 south of Staunton.

At a news conference Sunday evening, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Todd Gunther, from the agencys office of aviation safety, said at least one person died in the crash, the newspaper said. The debris field was about 100 yards long.

WALLOPS ISLAND

States eye change with spaceport

There isn’t much to see yet at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but promoters say that’s going to change soon. They envision the commercial spaceflight center as “the Cape Canaveral of the North.”

The Wallops Island facility is already stealing business and jobs from Cape Canaveral. Supply missions to the International Space Station are in the works. And a new $10 million rocket assembly building is expected to go up soon near a new launch pad.

Maryland and Virginia, which operate the spaceport together, are touting its cut-rate location. It provides a shorter trip to the space station, which means lower bills for rocket fuel. Insurance costs less, too, because flights go almost entirely over water.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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